ECVET-Trainer
Project E-NEWS

  No. 3, August 2014
In this issue

1. ECVET-Trainer project introduction
2. E-Learning Course
3. Results & findings from course pilots
4. International meetings
5. Forthcoming activities
Key data:

ECVET-Trainer is a Project under the Lifelong Learning Programme.
Duration: 01.10.2012 – 30.9.2014

 ECVET-Trainer project introduction

Proposals for the gradual application of the ECVET model in the four key productive sectors of the EU.

Reference code: 147627-LLP-1-2008-1-ES-KA1-EQF-2008-4524

The project aims at facilitating the understanding of the ECVET model by VET trainers and centres in the four key productive sectors of the EU (agriculture, industry, construction and services) taking into account the EQF levels 1 to 4 and the needs of improving the transparency of qualifications and mobility of workers in the EU labour market.

Up to now, the ECVET-TRAINER project partners have developed a national report and a comparative report about the ECVET situation in the participating countries, a Guide for the application of ECVET addressed to VET teachers, trainers and practitioners, e-learning material and a platform for running an e-learning course. All the materials are available on:

http://ecvet-trainer.euproject.org

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 E-Learning Course

"Application of the ECVET model in te productive sectors"

During the last two months (June & July 2014), each ECVET-Trainer project partner carried out an e-learning pilot course, which was addressed to VET trainers and practitioners in the different productive sectors.

This course lasted for 30 hours. On average 15 participants per country were involved and therefore contributed to the validation of the materials, platform and didactic resources.

The pilot course aimed at providing the basic knowledge, skills and competencies for the implementation of ECVET, through: legislation, experiences and case studies developed in European countries.

The course was divided in the following 6 learning modules:

  • Module 1. What is ECVET
  • Module 2. Before ECVET mobility: planning the learning outcomes
  • Module 3. During mobility: assessing the learning outcomes
  • Module 4. After mobility. Validating and recognising the learning outcomes
  • Module 5. Quality of the ECVET process
  • Module 6. Case studies: development of ECVET in the productive sectors
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 Results & findings from course pilots

 

Results & Findings of the pilot course –first experiences

In total 49 VET stakeholders (12 in Finland, 13 in Germany, 24 in Spain) took part in the
e-Learning pilot courses from three of the partner countries.

Here are some of the main findings regarding:

Course organisation: the course is well organised, but the possibilities Moodle offers are not fully used

Contents and methodology: participants had mixed opinions - course is structured well (suitable combination of theory and practice), but could have been more interactive

Course duration and timetable: all participants considered the duration of the course sufficient according to the aims and contents of the course

Tutors: participants were satisfied with the monitoring and clarification of doubts and the interaction among tutor/individual student/group

Didactic media (guides, handbooks, files...): the documents are understandable, nevertheless the didactic media is unfortunately considered the weakest point –especially regarding the interactivity of the course

Technical and didactic resources:

Moodle is considered by all participants as a good platform to deliver an e-Learning course

General course evaluation and satisfaction:

  • Finland: Awareness      level on ECVET in Finland is relatively high already, and there are      national bodies coordinating the national awareness generation as well as      the institutional preparations and implementation support actions.- the      training course for teachers VET professionals were howver appreciated.
  • Germany: ECVET is      already very well known - most of the participants are very      experienced in the field of ECVET - their main focus was on the      pedagogical presentation - overall opinion regarding relevant      content: the course offers everything necessary to apply      ECVET principals in future
  • Spain: most participants acquired new skills that they can apply to their daily work and 63% gained knowledge that will allow them making progress in their professional career
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 International meetings

The 4th transnational meeting will take place in Helsinki (Finland) on September 11th-12th, 2014.

This will be also the final meeting of the project. The final project results and main conclusions drawn from the ECVET-TRAINER project in addition to proposals for the future will be the main focus of that meeting. Representatives from the Finnish Ministry of Education/educational sector will also be present.

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 Forthcoming activities

Final Seminar/ Public event in Helsinki, Finland on 12. September 2014

The first day of the event will be an internal meeting where the results and challenges during the project will be discussed. The second day of the meeting will be open to the public and various VET stakeholders will be present (amongst others: the Finnish Ministry of Education). Main conclusions drawn from the project will be discussed and suggestions for the future will be made. The following topics will be part of the discussion:

  • ECVET-TRAINER: presentation of the e-learning platform
  • Mutual trust for the development of ECVE
  • ECVET Instruments: MoU, Learning agreements
  • Evaluation of learning outcomes
  • Europass mobility and personal transcript
  • Quality of a mobility process
  • Experiences and best practices of ECVET

Concluding the session, the “Main difficulties and opportunities in the development of ECVET in the productive sectors" will be discussed by the project consortium.

If you are interested in taking part the second day of the meeting, please don’t hesitate to contact the Finnish project partner Noema.
Contact: Anna-Kaarina Mörsky-Lindquist, Noema-CMI Oy, Email: Anna-Kaarina.Morsky-Lindquist@noema.fi

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